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The Televangelist: A Novel (Hoopoe Fiction) Paperback – March 15, 2016
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"a master of the Arabic language... [Eissa] delivers a double dose of wit, humor and political satire, combined with painstaking knowledge of religion and the media world... Fascinating"--Egypt Independent
"We're in the presence of masterful storytelling... [Eissa] tells the story of Egypt, its society and state, culture and superstition, virtues and sins, love and intolerance. . . with skilful plotting, surgical social and psychological analysis."--Saad El Din Ibrahim, El Watan
"the novel of the season. . . a compelling testimony about this era"--The Egyptian Daily
"Fast-paced and brilliantly observed."--BookShy Blog
"Compelling."--Marcia Lynx Qualey, The National
"[Essa] combines psychology, sociology, cultural critique, and politics to create a fascinating plot and a number of complex characters, as well as shedding light on Muslim-Coptic relations, the persecution of Sufis and the disastrous consequences of manipulating religion for political purposes. He also drops more than a few hints as to why the democratic gains of the 2010-11 popular uprising in Egypt could be so soon reversed. All in all, the novel is a brave exposure of terrorism, whether promoted by state power or extremist groups."--Sally Bland, Jordan Times
""The Televangelist" is an effective critique of the shortcomings of the Egyptian State. Its strength lies in its humour, honesty and depth. It is definitely worth the time devoted to its reading.?--Wawa Book Review
About the Author
Bestselling Egyptian author Ibrahim Essa is a renowed journalist, TV personality, and political commentator. He lives in Cairo, Egypt.
Translator of the winning novel in the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize and winner of the Saif-Ghobash-Banipal Prize for Arabic Literary Translation, Jonathan Wright was formerly the Reuters bureau chief in Cairo. He has translated Alaa Al-Aswany, Youssef Ziedan & Hassan Blassim. He lives in London, UK.
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